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Saskatchewan RCMP say that 198 children under the age of seven were reported to not have been properly buckled in since the beginning of this year.


“Protect your young passengers,” said a statement from police. “It’s the law to ensure children are buckled up and in an appropriate car or booster seat.”

According to a press release from Saskatchewan RCMP, 26 children were found in the front seat of a vehicle.

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“This is particularly hazardous due to the sudden nature of an inflating airbag, which can severely injure small children in collisions,” said the statement.

Police said that a child was thrown forward while the vehicle was stopping for a traffic stop because the child was not wearing a seatbelt or in a car seat.

There were 11 cases of children standing up in vehicles and two incidents where the child was sitting in the driver’s lap.

Driver’s can get fined $175 if a child under the age of seven is not in a suitable car seat or booster seat or if a youth under the age of 16 isn’t wearing a seatbelt. Driver’s could also potentially lose three points under the Safe Driver Recognition program and risk losing insurance discounts.

“Children 12 and under are safest in the back seat of a vehicle in proper restraints based on their age, height, and weight,” said RCMP.

142 children were found not using a proper car seat or booster seat. Transport Canada encourages parents and those driving kids in their vehicles to stay up to date with car sear recalls and safety standards to ensure the child’s safety.

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Transport Canada’s most recent data shows that 57 kids between the ages of zero and 14 died due to car crashes in 2021 in all of Canada. Over 5,000 children we injured in the same year.

Saskatchewan ranked higher than several provinces including Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario for fatalities caused by motor vehicle incidents according to 2021 data from Transport Canada.

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